Nicola Di Tommaso


Nicola Di Tommaso

Nicola Di Tommaso Dutch guitarist, is an artist with great sensitivity and jazz awareness, characteristics that allow him to range with proven ability from the repertoire of standards to original and innovative compositions, by virtue of a by now consolidated musical identity that makes dynamism and continuous expressive research its stylistic code.

Born in Guardialfiera, Molise, Di Tommaso began studying guitar at a young age. After graduating in theory and solfeggio at the "Alfredo Casella" Conservatory of L'Aquila, he obtained the first level diploma of classical guitar at the "Giulio Briccialdi" Conservatory in Terni, under the guidance of Maestro Stefano Mastruzzi and Leonardo Gallucci.

He goes through different rock experiences before becoming passionate about jazz. He studied at Thelonius Monk in Campobasso with Nicola Cordisco and at Saint Louis College of Music in Rome with Eddy Palermo and Dario La Penna. He studied with maestro Umberto Fiorentino at the Licino Refice Conservatory in Frosinone, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Jazz.

In 2013, at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, he obtained a second level academic degree in Jazz.

He attended the last year of the three-year period at Berklee College of Music, within Umbria Jazz. He has several specialization courses in the field of Roma Jazz 's Cool, guitar studies with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg and participation in seminars with Mark Murphy, Enrico Pieranunzi, Rosario Giuliani, Enrico Rava, Maurizio Giammarco, Giovanni Tommaso, Roberto Gatto, Chris Potter, Aaron Goldberg and Clarenc Penn.

He was assistant to Cinzia Spata and Jonathan Kreisberg at the Fara Music Festival and assistant and performer to the french bassist Dominique Di Piazza. With his NDT Quartet, composed by Daniele Tittarelli on alto saxophone, Francesco Galatro on double bass and Enrico Morello on drums, with whom he released the album Our Portraits in 2013, he currently carries out an intense concert activity throughout Italy. In 2016, he published as frontman "Standard trio vol.1" work dedicated to the tradition of jazz with Luca Fattorini on double bass and Enrico Morello on drums. In 2019, as co-leader, released "New Places" for the Role-play trio, a work of contemporary jazz with important guests such as Francesco Fratini on trumpet.

With this and several other formations he has performed on different occasions at Italian and international festivals and exhibitions (Standard, original, jazz at auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Festival di Camerota -Suoni al Castello, i Concerti di Mezzanotte "Midnight Concerts" at the Rossetti Theater in Vasto, Festival Adriatico delle Musiche "Adriatic Music Festival"; Termoli Folklore Festival; Music Village, Brussels; Festival Jazz dei Due Laghi "Jazz Festival of the Two Lakes" with the quintet by Ettore Fioravanti; Eddie Lang Festival, JOHN Festival and JAZZ in Abruzzo; Festival Nuova Consonanza con Trans-improvisation, Paolo Damiani & SCIE – Raro Molteplice (2012) for big ensemble; International Contemporary Jazz Festival at the Casa del Jazz in Rome, together with the Prague sextet by Stephan Marcovic, with whom he also played at the Na Hrade Jazz Festival in Prague). He played with the Big Band conducted by Maestro Roberto Spadoni.

He is a teacher of jazz guitar at Saint Louis College Of Music in Rome. He collaborates with the webzine Guitars and Music Off, for which he has made interviews (Kurt Rosenwinkel) and educational videos. He received the second prize at the Jazz Contest for the original Music section.

He has participated in important international conferences on music teaching and research such as the "Guitar Nerd" held at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. He participated in the Minus One international festival held in Tiblisi, Georgia as a band frontman and jazz guitar teacher at the Tiblisi State Conservatoire.

In 2020 he became the official endorser for Italy of the prestigious international brand D'angelico Guitars.

Presentations and events
Once upon a time ... at Saint Louis!, Seminar on the modal system, Nicola di Tommaso a Lab on the road, Nicola Di Tommaso concert lesson, Pentatomic - Phrygian, Pentatomic – Misolidio 9 sus4, PentAtomic – SUS4, Pentatomic – Superlocrio, Pentatomic - Lydian Dominant, Pentatomic – Phrygian sus4b9, a whole tone below, Pentatomic – Aeolian, Mixolydian, pentatonic minor scale a perfect fifth above, locrian, PentAtomic – Ionian Scale.